Wales 'can do more' to protect children online according to NSPCC Wales.
The leading children's charity has called for the next Welsh Assembly to take a leading role in tackling abuse and advancing online safety.
They have today published several recommendations:
- A comprehensive Online Safety Action Plan
- The creation of an entirely independent Digital Advisory Group
- Collaboration with social media providers
- Online safety lessons for children
- Ensuring online safety becomes a key part of the National Safeguarding Board for Wales
- Ensuring adequate guidance for public service professionals on sexting and the law
We want better education for children in dealing with the often severe pitfalls of the internet and the creation of a digital advisory group to assist and support the decision makers.
The Social Services and Wellbeing Act brought a welcome focus on tackling abuse and neglect which we hope will deliver real progress – but there’s more to do.
Our country won’t have a comprehensive approach until it prioritises the internet and puts a clear and cross-cutting plan in place to make sure our children are safe and free from harm in the digital world.
On average, one in three internet users in Wales is a child and online abuse is an ever-evolving problem. We can fight it – and I hope every Assembly candidate backs our manifesto to fight for safer childhoods.
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Worried about how to protect yourself from nuisance calls, spam text messages, emails, identity theft and online fraud?
Here's some advice from our experts:
- Change your passwords regularly.
- Use different passwords for different sites.
- Use complicated passwords which do not consist of dictionary words - try remembering a sentence, use the first letters of each word and add something relevant to the site you are using. For Example; I Like Eating Ice Cream In The Sun ITV = ILEICITSitv - add numbers too if you like.
- Try to limit the amount of information that you give. Use a nick name, use your dates with dates of birth unless it’s for legal reasons, just put a different date of birth in. Try to confuse the system.
- Make sure you 'tick' or sometimes 'untick' those pesky boxes to make sure your details aren't passed on without you knowing.
- Register with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to stop all those unwanted calls and text messages. This is free and works for both mobiles and landlines - For more information visit: The Information Commissionner's Office website
- Report any unwanted text messages and nuisance calls to the ICO - but do check their website as what constitutes 'something to complain about'.
- Make sure any old devices are completely destroyed if you don't want them anymore.
- If you do want to sell them on or give them to charity or a recycling company make sure you encrypt the phone before going ahead with the factory reset. And always consult an expert to make sure you are fully safe to pass on that device. - Data wiping companies can be found online.
- Stay up to date with all the latest scams simply by visiting Get Safe Online and Action Fraud regularly.
People don’t have to be victims, they can actually take some control themselves.
They can make sure they are aware of what the scams are out there, they can put all the protection on their laptops, on their PCs on their tablets and on their mobile phones to make sure that they are not giving away to the criminals, the information that the criminals are going to use to defraud you.